1. Good and weird
Artist Joe Sloan is filled with energy and excitement, qualities often missing from the San Diego art scene, which lacks opportunities for artists who make edgy work that's not necessarily meant to sell. Rather than settle for things as they are, Sloan's recently been organizing pop-up exhibitions at cool, alternative spaces, staging installation-driven shows that highlight experimental art.
"This show is not what most people do," Sloan says of Full Disclosure, the exhibition going up inside the recently redeveloped North Park Post Office building (3077 North Park Way) from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. "It's pretty abnormal. We do a lot of weird stuff when we do these shows."
Sloan has collaborated with Low Gallery curator Meegan Nolan in assembling a team of artists who'll use the spacious warehouse-like building to show the kind of sculpture and installation work they've always wanted to show but haven't had the chance. Sloan himself will exhibit a piece, alongside work by Heidi Boening, Lucas Riley, Emily Baker, Omar Lopex, Kenny King, Harrison Cuzick, Rob Piper, Adam Murillo and Lauren Turton.
Sloan and Nolan pushed the artists to venture as far outside of the box as they wanted. Riley, for example, will bring a fiberglass mannequin sculpture that stands about 6 feet tall, is hooked up to a fog machine and shoots mist out of its face. Baker will show projection pieces and do an interactive performance piece.
"It's art for art's sake," Sloan says.
Another element involves displaying participating artists' personal art journals and sketchbooks. Nolan and Sloan want to give attendees an intimate look at the process.
"We want to help give visitors a look at not only how the artists created their art, but how they think," he says. lowgallerysd.com
2. Tinsel and terror
"Instead of warming your heart, we just want to tear it out." So say the folks behind Old Main, A Holiday Horror, a live-staged radio play about a man in a red suit who doesn't sound terribly jolly and probably isn't interested in your milk and cookies. The play, about four college girls, their dorm leader and a yuletide ax murderer, and featuring veteran San Diego actors such as Carla Nell, Katherine Harroff and Patrick Mayuyu, promises to be frightfully campy and fun. Performances will start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, at Finest City Improv (4250 Louisiana St. in University Heights). Food and a full bar will be available. You have to be at least 18 to get in. finestcityimprov.com
3. Krampus on a stick
Coal for naughty kids? Try being eaten alive. It's not a war on Christmas; there's plenty of room for ol' Saint Nick. But those who misbehave, young and old, should be cautious this holiday season. As most Eastern Europeans have known for hundreds of years, Krampus lays in wait during December, looking to season his meals with the flesh of evil-doers—kind of like a militant Batman. Need more details? Check out A Very Krampus Kristmas Puppet and Storytelling Event. From 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Artbeat in Vista (330 Main St.), Twisted Heart Puppetworks will perform adult puppetry and tell stories dedicated to the dark Yule Lord. Tickets are $15 at the door or $13 online at artbeatonmainstreet.com.
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